Bitwise is about humans-those that we serve, and those that work for us too. Our team is made up of dynamic, diverse, and dedicated individuals who each contribute to our ongoing mission of connecting people to opportunities in the technology industry. From Finance to Human Resources, Building Services to Marketing, each person on the Bitwise Team is critical to helping our company operate smoothly on a day-to-day basis.
CEO & Co-Founder
Jake leads Bitwise Industries in vision casting, real estate development, and strategic initiatives. Jake grew up in Clovis, California with a dream of eventually holding a national office—an aspiration that eventually turned into creating opportunity for folks of every walk of life. Prior to co-founding Bitwise, Jake practiced intellectual property law at Walter & Wilhelm Law Group in Fresno. In 2012, over drinks and aha moments with his client, Irma Olguin Jr., they excitedly discussed the possibility of a company that could nurture and network the critical components of Fresno’s tech industry and become a driving force for the local economy. At that moment, the idea of Bitwise was born.
Jake believes we all have gifts to contribute—and an obligation to use them. He has teamed up with art advocacy nonprofit Creative Fresno to launch the Boomerang Project, an initiative aimed at reversing the city’s “brain drain” by connecting high-level jobs with talented individuals who’d previously moved away for greater prospects. He also helped launch “I Believe in Downtown,” a grassroots campaign for the redevelopment of downtown Fresno and investment in Fulton Street. He is an advisory board member for 59DaysOfCode and sits on the board of the Downtown Fresno Partnership and Neighborhood Industries. Closest to his heart is magnet school Hamilton K-8 (“Home of the Hurricanes”) where he and his neighbors volunteer. For Jake’s wife, Sarah, and their three school-age children, it’s a venture whose progress is measured in years instead of days.
Jake holds a dual degree in history and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a JD from Western State College of Law. He enjoys running, working in his yard, and spending quality time with his family.
Irma Olguin Jr. oversees the screening and interviewing of all employment candidates and apprentices for Bitwise Industries, including that of Bitwise Workforce Training and Bitwise Technology Consulting. Her goal is to ensure Bitwise always remains faithful to its mission of strengthening Fresno’s tech industry and turning it into a driver of real economic progress.
The idea of Bitwise was hatched in 2012 over a Red Bull (hers) and a gin and tonic (his)
with her then IP attorney, Jake Soberal. Fueled by a series of aha moments, they decided they were in a unique position to build such a mechanism for progress. Previously, Irma created 59DaysOfCode, a competition highlighting and encouraging the Valleyʼs tech industry. She co-founded Hashtag, an open co-workspace for designers and developers alike. She also co-founded Edit LLC to solve efficiency and data issues in the ag industry.
Irma holds a degree in computer science and engineering from University of Toledo, Ohio and has been a contributing advisor on several community boards, including 59DaysOfCode, President’s Advisory Board for California State University – Fresno, the American Red Cross (Central Valley Chapter), Kingsview Behavioral Health, and Youth Leadership Institute.
Her dog, Bruce, is the king of her world and is widely recognized as the mascot for Bitwise Industries.
Bethany Mily works with the management team to direct strategy, guide policy and identify goals for Bitwise and its offshoot companies, including Bitwise Technology Consulting. She takes the lead on strategic philanthropy initiatives, funds cutting-edge SaaS companies, and creates learning opportunities for marginalized populations through Bitwise Workforce Training programs. Previously, Bethany was the Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at the Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART), a project-based, technology high school in California’s Central Valley.
Born and raised in Fresno, California, Bethany attended California State University, Sacramento, where she majored in English language and literature. (Inspired by her love of biographies, she also minored in criminal justice.) Bethany went on to attend National University and earned two master’s degrees, one in education and the other in educational administration and supervision. She has also helped to organize fundraising events for the Marjaree Mason Center, a Fresno-based non-profit women’s shelter that supports and empowers adults and their children affected by domestic violence.
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
Channelle Charest oversees Bitwise administration and operation including legal, policy, and human resources departments. More specifically, she sees it as her job to ensure the everyday experience for our own people is as exciting and powerful as it is for our clients and partners. She leads the company’s growth efforts, working closely with the Senior VPs of our expansion cities to figure out how the Bitwise ecosystem can best adapt to solve challenges in each location.
Strengthening overlooked urban cores is a passion for Channelle, who has worked in downtown Fresno for more than a decade doing everything from pouring beer at the neighborhood pub to directing projects for a creative design firm. “This is my home. My city,” says Channelle. “I want people to share my pride and enthusiasm.” As Bitwise expands to new cities and new campuses, Channelle hopes to ignite that same pride among locals and new employees alike.
CHIEF WORKFORCE OFFICER
Michelle Skoor teaches excluded people in underestimated places the skills they need to get a job in technology. In this way, Michelle is helping not only change lives, but change the face of the local workforce. As Chief Workforce Officer, Michelle and their team helps graduates find high-wage tech jobs in their own cities. Graduates from Bitwise Workforce Training often get hired by Bitwise Technology Consulting and get hands-on experience delivering excellent software and business solutions.
Previously, Michelle directed the Diverse Talent Program at Bitwise, partnering with tech and enterprise organizations to engage diverse, cost-efficient tech talent using a unique and proven apprenticeship model. Before becoming Bitwise’s Chief Workforce Officer, Michelle was Product Officer for Onward & PodUp, two Bitwise initiatives launched to provide support and resources to individuals and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Michelle enjoys watching NCAA women’s gymnastics and was 1990 Level 9 State Champion (Floor, All Around). But their most recent brush with fame is having the first queer marriage proposal story in Glamour magazine!
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
As Chief Technology Officer, Greg Goforth oversees Bitwise’s use of technology in applications ranging from video conferencing to department tools. He manages the IT department of Bitwise and leads the charge on building out the Salesforce Org that Bitwise runs on. Greg was also key in the development of the Bitwise Workforce Training program.
Greg first joined Bitwise to launch the now highly successful Apprenticeship program and was the first Developer Fellow. Many of those early apprentices are now employed with Bitwise today, across a variety of departments. Greg believes the best part about being a programmer is chasing “lightbulb moments” and makes it his mission is to help others enjoy such satisfaction and success in software development. “Working for Bitwise has given me a real sense of purpose,” says Greg. “I enjoy learning new technologies while helping others learn them as well.”
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Mike Rodriguez helps Bitwise align its business goals and its social mission with its financial spreadsheet and translate it all into a successful enterprise. With a strong financial, operational, and systems background, Mike is well positioned to oversee the finance and accounting divisions of Bitwise. He brings a proven record of developing and executing business strategies in media, technology, and software industries.
Previously, Mike was the Vice President of Finance at Cyxtera, a PE backed company in Miami, Florida, where he managed $750M in global recurring revenue across four companies. Prior to Cyxtera, Mike was a Principal at Medina Capital, where he was responsible for sourcing new investment opportunities and lending operational support to Medina Capital portfolio companies. He has been a speaker on the subject of private equity for several universities (Kellogg, University of Miami and Miami Dade) and conferences (eMerge America). Mike says one of life’s simple pleasures is watching his two kids play soccer together.
Chief Marketing Officer
At the helm of an integrated 30+ member marketing team, Jeanáe DuBois builds and executes results-driven marketing strategies on every front including branding, client development, public relations, campaign development and planning for events drawing up to 50,000 attendees. She was instrumental in creating CenCal Dreamin’, the region’s first Salesforce User Community event of its kind outside of Northern and Southern California.
Jeanáe’s career spans several mid to large-sized agencies and industries. Her first position she accepted out of college was with a fledgling marketing company which she helped grow in the span of eleven years. Jeanáe herself grew and excelled from a client services executive to eventually Executive Vice President. During her tenure, that organization saw exponential growth becoming a recognizable market leader and expanded to four locations statewide. A proud graduate of California Polytechnic University, Jeanae received her Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) focused in Marketing from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.
Chief Real Estate Officer
As the Chief Real Estate Officer, Sandi Olguin oversees Real Estate Development for Bitwise Industries, including Bitwise’s internal maintenance, building operations, and tenant relations team. She leads these hard working folks in making sure every Bitwise building in each campus runs smoothly, including operational tasks like front desk staffing, janitorial services, repair/tenant improvements, and security. Her favorite part about working with Bitwise is the underestimated places they choose to invest in. “I love the potential – and the downtown skylines!”
Sandi’s hardworking demeanor and “get it done” attitude is at the helm of every project, Whether that’s helping with tenant improvements or laying out the floor plans for our next expansion campus. In all that she does, Sandi is dedicated to “making a decision and making it work,” a famous quote from her mom. Outside of work, Sandi can be often found binge-watching true crime and murder documentaries.
Chief Revenue Officer
As the Chief Revenue Officer for Bitwise Industries, LaMar Bunts oversees the revenue generation process along with integration and alignment between all-revenue related functions. He is a seasoned customer-oriented leader with a proven track record of operationalizing strategy and leading enterprise-scale services. LaMar has driven international partnerships and expansion in Fortune 500 and privately- held companies including Silicon Graphics, Dell, and ITM Software (sold to BMC Software). LaMar most recently has focused on EdTech using SaaS, AI, and marketplace technology solutions to support workforce development and online learning. LaMar graduated with Honors in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He previously led the international business for ACT, Inc. and grew the business profitably by 3x in 3 years with a specific emphasis on tech transformation and innovations in workforce readiness solutions for the billions of people who need to demonstrate education and work readiness in their home countries.
SVP, City Expansion
As VP, of City Expansion, Terry Solis works to build relationships within the Bitwise community all while living and evangelizing our company’s mission, values, and culture. She enjoys staying up-to-date with all of the different divisions of Bitwise and providing insight into the company’s work with partner organizations and communities. One of Terry’s priorities is to create an environment that everyone can see themselves being a part of.
During her time at Bitwise Workforce Training, she has helped countless students feel at home and appreciated as a part of our tech community, mentoring and supporting them along each of their individual journeys. Terry deeply values working for an organization like Bitwise that allows her to not only be at the table with others, but encourages her to take a lead as well.
SVP, New Economies
As Senior Vice President of New Economies at Bitwise Industries, Johnathan leads commercialization and expansion into underdog cities across the U.S. Prior to Bitwise, Johnathan served as Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Advisor of the White House Domestic Policy Council from 2017 to 2021. He is co-founder of ScaleUp Partners LLC and authored The Future Economy and Inclusive Competitiveness: How Demographic Trends and Innovation Can Create Shared Prosperity for All Americans.
A few of Johnathan’s achievements Include securing more than $40M of funding support, creating Ohio’s first information technology-focused high school, forming a $40M venture capital fund of funds, and enabling a $250M network of regional, early-stage risk capital. Holifield holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from West Virginia University, a master’s degree in Educational Foundations, and law degree from University of Cincinnati. He is also a graduate of The University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.
Chief of Staff
Passionate about people, community and creativity, Kristin Belden is dedicated to launching projects that have a unique and important impact. As Bitwise chief of staff, she regularly communicates with our stakeholders such as board members and investors about the growth and regional impact of Bitwise. She leads our lobbying and policy making efforts, ensuring we have a voice in critical conversations at both the state and federal level. Kristin worked in the media industry for over a decade, most recently as a partner at Studiotobe, a home for independent storytelling, content development and production.
Previously, she served as chief of staff for The Center for Investigative Reporting, combining strategic planning, business development and project management to drive performance across the organization. She also co-launched The Bay Citizen, a local nonprofit news organization in San Francisco committed to promoting innovation in journalism and catalyzing civic engagement with the news. Kristin serves on the board at Youth Leadership Institute, an organization dedicated to building communities where young people and their adult allies come together to create positive community change that promotes social justice and racial equity.
If there’s an event happening on our Bitwise campuses, Talisha Brantley is probably nearby helping run the show! As the VP of Events for Bitwise Industries, Talisha oversees the Events team and helps create events that cultivate community, build and sustain the Bitwise ecosystem, and spread the Bitwise message to folks near and far. Formerly a Bitwise administrative assistant, Talisha’s role with Events allows her to give people a literal stage to share their art and amplify their message–especially when they wouldn’t have access or ability to do so elsewhere.
Bitwise events can range from a small educational workshop to huge concerts featuring Grammy-award winning artists. Talisha’s team always strives to put on kick-ass events that are both creative and inspire meaningful conversations, while helping strengthen the greater Bitwise community. Outside of work, Talisha enjoys playing video games, hanging out with her cat Basura Goose and pup Cecil, and also collecting enough plants to officially become a crazy plant lady.
VP, Marketing Strategy
As the VP of Marketing Strategy, Angelica Cano oversees the Strategy Team in creation of marketing efforts aligned with the goals of Bitwise Industries’ business units. The Strategy team works closely with stakeholders in all of Bitwise’s business units, utilizing that info to create comprehensive marketing strategies aimed at achieving specific goals and objectives.
A graduate of Fresno State with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism, Angelica previously worked as Marketing Writer for Bitwise—helping build the Bitwise brand and overall marketing department. She cites the best part of working at Bitwise is the variety of people who work here, both on her team and in other departments. When she’s not working, Angelica is usually spending time with her partner, Graham and her pod of pets: Porkchop + Ringo (dogs), and Simon + Garfunkel (cats).
As the VP of Bitwise Merced, Norma Cardona oversees the development of Bitwise’s new campus in Merced by meeting with all stakeholders including business partners, elected officials and, target beneficiaries of the apprenticeship programs in order to ensure it’s successful implementation. Norma hopes to infuse the Bitwise ecosystem in Merced’s local community and economy, while also helping those traditionally left out of the technology industry.
A native of Santa Maria, CA, Norma joined the Merced community while completing her undergraduate studies at UC Merced, where she earned a B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Cognitive Science. A lifelong advocate of education, Norma is excited to be working for an organization that has tailored educational opportunities to the needs of the community, specifically in the form of paid apprenticeship programs. When Norma isn’t working, she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time at home with her partner and English bulldog.
VP, Real Estate Development
Bryan Feil serves as the VP of Real Estate Development at Bitwise Industries, overseeing the coworking, building development, and hospitality teams. Bryan assistants in locating, designing, and identifying architectural partners for each Bitwise Real Estate project. He especially enjoys being able to help Bitwise’s city expansion projects and revitalizing downtowns through growth and development.
Bryan Feil grew up in Bakersfield, CA with the desire to use business as a tool to impact lives. That passion took its first form in co-founding and developing Neighborhood Industries, an organization focused on operating businesses that reveal value in people so that they can be a positive contributor in their community. Outside of the office, Bryan can be found spending time with his lovely wife, Kim, and their two children, Cora and Reid.
As General Counsel of Bitwise Industries, Lydia Galbreath advises executives and senior management on legal matters, while also maintaining knowledge of Bitwise’s operations and legal documents. Throughout her legal career, Lydia has advised emerging companies through formation to exit and desires to provide this legal guidance to Bitwise as the company grows.
Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, Lydia chose Berkeley Law to obtain her J.D. The move across the country provided her greater access to technology and entrepreneurship. She found her niche when learning about the intersection of startups and law. As an avid traveler, Lydia obtained her 30-countries-by-age-30 goal and is continuing on her mission to explore the world.
If you ask Thilani Grubel what her goal is in the next ten years, she’ll tell you she wants to “do good and solve problems.” This may be an oversimplification, as what she really means is advocating for the underserved and underrepresented communities prevalent everywhere, but namely—in Fresno. Whether finding solutions to homelessness or access to opportunity, Thilani has her eyes set on human advocacy. And her role as VP of Bitwise Fresno is how she’s forging a path to begin that important work.
As VP of Bitwise Fresno, Thilani listens to the voices of the Fresno community and engages in conversations with local representatives and businesses to find ways to continue providing opportunities in technology and growing Fresno’s economy. In her spare time, you can find Thilani hiking or kayaking with her husband and daughter—or even more likely thinking of reasons to avoid going for a run.
VP, Strategic Channel Partners
Hannibal Guerrero serves as the VP of Strategic Channel Partnerships for Bitwise Industries, developing and delivering partnerships with large organizations that can deliver multi-city and vertical client engagements. His overall goal is to drive profitable revenue at scale with large strategic partners, not only in the US but also around the world.
Hannibal states his favorite part of his role is the incredible privilege and honor of positively impacting people’s professional trajectory—creating significant positive effects for their own lives, families, and communities around them. When he’s not working, Hannibal enjoys traveling and spending time with his four daughters: Nicolette, Francesca, Isabella, and Gabriella.
VP, Technology Consulting
Chris Hawkins has more than two decades of experience building web applications, but his superpower is managing teams of different expertises through the process of solving complex business problems. Chris has spent his career as an independent consultant helping businesses create and use software tools to improve processes, cut costs, and strengthen internal collaboration. He’s successfully completed projects for companies as large as Fortune 500s and as small as mom-and-pop shops. He’s also a steady hand on a crisis project or a client management conundrum.
Chris is experienced in the Microsoft stack of technologies–Windows, ASP.NET (both C# and VB.NET) WebForms and MVC, SQL Server (and SSRS), SharePoint and even older tech like ASP 3.0 and VB6. Chris is the author of many things, including the book “Conquering Client Conflict” and numerous industry articles. He is a podcast host and a frequent guest on podcasts whose focus is on the consulting business. Chris is a man who likes to keep himself busy; his favorite quote is, “No such thing as spare time, free time, or down time. All you have is life time. Go.”
Director of External Affairs
As the Director of External Affairs, Laura Maristany advances the goals of Bitwise Industries to lead strategic partnerships with diverse stakeholders and identify opportunities to lift people out of systemic poverty, provide access to tech training, and create professional opportunities in underestimated cities. Leading Bitwise Industries’ external affairs strategy, Laura leverages Bitwise’s model and experience with opportunities to help cities build digital infrastructure while upskilling populations left out of economic mobility.
Laura has extensive Capitol Hill and policy-making experience having led advocacy and coalition building strategies at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).
Before joining Bitwise, Laura served as Associate Director for Constructive Politics at Democracy Fund where she created and carried out the foundation’s constructive politics strategy to explore what unites us, while helping institutions that govern become more diverse, inclusive, and better able to serve all Americans. Program grantees included the Women’s Public Leadership Network, Reflect Us, Representative Democracy, Millennial Action Project, Welcoming America, and the Aspen Institute’s Socrates and Citizenship and American Identity programs. In her current role, Laura will help Bitwise upskill disenfranchised people, and empower them to change their own lives—to ignite and transform the regional economies of the cities Bitwise serves.
VP, Strategic Projects
As the VP of Strategic Projects, Ryan McCallum oversees Bitwise Industries’ Revenue team in helping transition sales pipelines into successful client experiences. His ultimate goal is to assist Bitwise in becoming a major player in our client’s success—positively impacting others’ lives through that process. Ryan is excited to be working with a company that holds a similar mission to him, and particularly enjoys the energy around Bitwise and his team members.
Previously, Ryan served as the VP of Digital & Product at ACT, where he built memorable and meaningful products for an expansive portfolio of clients. Ryan has experience in all aspects of product development, from vision and strategy to prototyping, development, and optimization. A two-time dance champion in the state of Texas, Ryan also enjoys spending time with his wife, Michelle, daughter, Elle, and dog, Chip.
VP, Student Support Programs
VP, Tenant Relations
As the Vice President of Tenant Relations at Bitwise Industries, Michelle Morse is at the helm of making sure our tenant community is well taken care of. She oversees the Leasing, Property Management, and Reception teams, as well as handling intraoffice logistics throughout each Bitwise building on our different campuses. Michelle and her teams help bring the Bitwise experience to the communities we serve in our physical spaces, going above and beyond to care for each tenant that calls Bitwise home.
Michelle cites the favorite part of her role is being able to share and bring “the Bitwise way” to all of our tenants, visitors, and cities we serve. That hospitality and No One Belongs Here More Than You mentality is intentional to provide a safe, welcoming, and comfortable environment to the tenants and guests at Bitwise. Outside of the office, you can often find Michelle hanging out with her pups, tending to her plants, or watching The Golden Girls.
VP, BLDG Services
Santana Olguin is at the helm of our teams at Bitwise who keep our buildings running smoothly. As the VP of Building Services, Santana oversees the Tenant Improvement, Security, Fleet, Procurement, and Janitorial departments—focused on maintaining facilities, service, and infrastructure at the highest levels. He cites his favorite part of working for Bitwise is how valued he feels–not just as an employee, but as a person first.
A native of Carauthers, CA, Santana began his career at Bitwise as a contracted worker, and then was hired as a member of the Tenant Improvement Staff. Now, he oversees the teams who help provide a clean, safe, and well-maintained environment for our tenants and team. Outside of work, Santana can be found spending time with his wife, Jeanine, and their three beautiful children, Isabella, Logan, and Maverick—usually over a plate of his famous home-cooked BBQ!
VP, Business Development
As VP of Business Development, JP Prendergast oversees the sales team for Bitwise Technology Consulting and all of its endeavors, including custom development services, Salesforce-related projects, OnwardUS, and Take Care. He’s proud of the growth he’s seen take place at Bitwise, “especially seeing a scrappy group of developers and subcontractors turn into the amazing software development firm we’ve got today.”
Born in Chicago and raised in Denver, JP resided in Los Angeles for many years, tracing a Nike swoosh-shaped path across the United States. Today, he is proud to tell people about the amazing things that are happening in Fresno and beyond. JP attended Colorado State University and graduated with a BA in Speech Communications. If you ask nicely, he’ll tell you about his brush with fame as an extra on the television show West Wing.
As VP of Workforce Training, Danita Ramos oversees the team and the day-to-day operations of Bitwise’s accelerated tech-training program that helps underdog cities develop a diverse local workforce and helps underserved people reach their potential through discovery, hard work, and individualized attention. “With our guidance and training, in a community where everyone belongs, we build a diverse pipeline of students and apprentices. I couldn’t be more proud of the work we do,” says Danita.
Previously, Danita spent ten years in public education, serving students from rural Fresno as a classroom teacher and also as Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at Monroe Elementary. She has experience in curriculum framework design and integrated teaching and learning. She holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and a master’s degree in administrative services.
VP, Government Partnerships
Tina Robertson leads Bitwise’s public-private partnership team with an eye toward reaching underrepresented communities and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the local workforce. Her effectiveness is in part thanks to an illustrious sales career in which she closed billion-dollar projects for a Fortune 500 telecommunications company and serviced the needs of global IT giants including HP, Google, Cisco, Oracle, Facebook, and Yahoo.
Tina believes technology has the ability to make the world a better place. Ask her to name her favorite thing about her underdog city, she’ll tell you: “I see smart people everywhere, willing, wanting and ready to roll up their sleeves and make a difference.” Tina facilitates workshops that empower women and underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond. When Tina isn’t working, you can find her cycling, hiking, or picnicking with family, friends, and her dog. Tina Robertson holds an AA degree from Los Rios Community College and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Harvard University.
VP, Human Resources
As the VP of Human Resources, Janelle Sanders oversees Bitwise Industries’ Human Resources department, handling everything from onboarding new hires to everyday administrative tasks. Janelle’s goal is to ensure every single Bitwise team member feels a sense of belonging from the minute they join our team—and through every step along the way during their entire time with us.
The Bitwise employee experience is a unique one, and Janelle works with her team to make sure that “feels-like-home” culture is preserved while also propelling the company forward to new places and people. When she’s not working, Janelle enjoys baking with her kids, playing board games with her family, and her new hobby of gardening!
Kennan Scott is in charge of adapting the Bitwise ecosystem to fit Oakland’s authentic DNA. This includes training, apprenticeships, and jobs in software design, sales and more. Previously, looking to empower a new generation of black and brown engineers, Kennan launched the West Oakland MS Engineering and computer science department and supported curricular and professional development for teachers, in addition to being a founder of CODEd Academy, a proposed interdisciplinary computer science school in Oakland, which is focused on connecting students of color to technology-related jobs in the Bay Area.
He partnered with public, private, and nonprofit entities to expand work-based learning and career opportunities for Oakland’s youth while managing the district-wide vision of ensuring over 3,000 students receive high-quality, 6-12 computer science instruction. At Bitwise, Kennan can now help OUSD students get jobs in tech, the very ones he taught how to code in 8th grade. Kennan won both the 2019 Golden State Warriors Impact Award and the 2019 State of Black Education Educator Award. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a focus on transportation and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning.
As the new VP of Bitwise Toledo, Tammi will be collaborating with key partners such as local government offices, corporations, foundations, and academic institutions to educate, build, and grow Toledo communities that are underserved and underrepresented.
A native of Toledo, Ohio, Tammi started her career with Sam’s Club over 30 years ago—which quickly blossomed into a life-changing journey while attending the University of Toledo for Accounting. Tammi quickly excelled in the ranks in her previous role, and she’s ready to embark on a career in a tech community tasked to help educate and uplift the place where her journey began. Tammi holds a Bachelor of Business Science degree from National Louis University and will be a Southern California transplant returning to Ohio with her two teenage children and their fur baby.
VP, Admin Support
Brittany Stevens oversees the Executive Assistants and Admin Support teams as the VP Of Administrative Support at Bitwise Industries. She hires, trains, and places each Executive Assistant specifically for the department or executive they are supporting—while also managing their individual growth in the company. Her team provides organization and administrative support to Bitwise’s many departments, helping the company run as smoothly as possible.
As a main participant in the hiring of our Executive Assistants, Brittany is often the first introduction of Bitwise culture to prospective team members. She loves getting to learn about so many people during the interview process, and watching them grow throughout their tenure at Bitwise. Outside of work, Brittany is often hanging out with her sweet cat, Gerty.
As VP of Bitwise Bakersfield, Amy is in charge of shaping the Bitwise ecosystem to fit Bakersfield’s personality. She oversees the Bitwise Bakersfield campus, managing multiple projects while ensuring we’re creating a space that is diverse, inclusive, and progressive. Amy helps cultivate relationships between Bitwise and the people of Kern County. This includes nonprofits, educational institutions, residents, private partnerships and all other public entities.
Amy helps ensure all lines of business are working together to best benefit the company and the community. She also has a confession: “My dream job would be as the starting forward for the Women’s National Soccer team,” says Amy. “But since that train has passed, I figure the next best thing would be to create possibilities for people here at home.” Today, Amy resides in Bakersfield with her wife, Michelle, and their twins. She holds a Master of Public Administration from San Diego State University.
Trevor Thomas-Uribe energizes capital formation and corporate strategy for Bitwise Industries. He also helps to identify, invest in, and support promising new regional businesses within the Bitwise ecosystem. Trevor takes pride in working one on one with founders and helping them meet goals such as getting a fundraise closed, finding and securing a new hire, or even something as basic as putting together a solid pitch deck or sorting out a new business model.
Trevor serves as an advisor to Kern Venture Group and Listing Alert and serves on the boards of Atlas Alpha, 59DaysOfCode, and Kolyde. He was also named among the 40 under 40: Tech Diversity—Silicon Valley. In his spare time, you’ll find Trevor riding motorcycles or training in capoeira and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He holds an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business, an M.Eng. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.S. from Morgan State University.
Chrystine Villarreal’s position as VP of Philanthropy is the logical extension of a career dedicated to creating structural change for working families in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Previously, Chrystine undertook business development for AnitaB.org, the organization that created the largest annual convening of female and non-binary community members in tech. She was the president at Mixhalo, a startup that patented a new wireless technology protocol and built a diverse staff and inclusive culture.
Chrystine was instrumental in curating content, as well as developing new standards for tracking and measuring diversity for TechCrunch’s major events, she was responsible for establishing relationships with supporters and championed a mission to empower underserved youth through entrepreneurship BUILD.org, and she evaluated entrepreneurs in technology, media, social media, and clean tech sectors for Khosla Ventures. Chrystine is the proud mother to four beautiful boys–Carlitos, Joaquin, Daniel, and Emiliano–and fortunate wife to her husband, Carlos.
Tessa Williamson has been a part of the Bitwise ecosystem since its inception; she was originally contracted to name the entity that came to be Bitwise Industries, Shift3 Technologies, and Geekwise Academy! Now as the Creative Director, she oversees the Creative team to consistently convey the brand that is uniquely Bitwise. From website design to email campaigns, the branding of Bitwise Industries is both intricate and intentional. Tessa’s leadership ensures each facet of the Bitwise brand communicates our mission and goals, whether big or small.
Tessa has spent over 20 years in the Marketing and Creative industry. Her favorite part of being Bitwise’s Creative Director is the ever changing projects and eclectic creatives who collaborate together to complete them. Tessa’s goal is to bring ideas to life and convey the heart of Bitwise to as many people as possible. Outside of work, Tessa enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, Mason and Cadence, as well as her beloved fur baby, Zoey.